Waipawa School

Term 3, Week 4, 17 August 2022

At Waipawa we value:

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Kia ora koutou,

We're into week 4 and I am struggling to keep up with how fast the weeks are rolling by. So fast that next week we reach the halfway point of the term and next Friday 26 August we are having our Term 3 TEACHER ONLY DAY. This means no school for your children on that day. Please mark this on your calendar.

On Monday night The Board met for their last meeting together. Please note the term Board of Trustees is no longer a term, it is now just known as The Board. This Board has been together for over 3 years now and has navigated a very tricky time in schools with the majority of their term being affected by COVID. They've always been positive, supportive and highly engaged. They have worked well together and have always respected and valued each other's opinions and what they bring. However, their time is up and elections for a new Board are taking place now. As a school, I want to thank and acknowledge Hayden Martin and Annabel Kittow for their contributions. Both Hayden and Annabel are not standing for re-election this time. I also want to thank Chrissy Malcolm, Pip McCaslin and Shane Kingston for their contributions over the previous three years. These three are all up for re-election and we wish them all the best - along with the other candidates.

You should have all received your child's literacy and numeracy reporting posts on HERO by now. If you don't have access to HERO (then you're probably not reading this) we also have a hard copy folder with all the posts. We're more than happy for them to go home just as long as they come back. Our teachers put a huge effort into these reporting posts. Through a lot of hard work, we've become more accurate and consistent with how we report. This year teachers have produced 3 reporting posts and shortly they will begin another post that will be completed by the end of this term.

Last week I mentioned pre-enrolments for 2023. Thank you to those that have popped in to see Sue and put your child's name down on the list. We are also getting close to the time when we run a ballot to see how many out-of-zone children are allowed to enrol here in 2023. If you are an out-of-zone family and you have a child starting next year it is super important you fill a ballot form out before the end of term. Unfortunately in the past siblings of out-of-zone children have not been allowed to enrol because this form hasn't been filled out. Once again it is highly unlikely any out-of-zone enrolments that are not siblings will be able to enrol in Waipawa School in 2023.

Ngā mihi nui,

Paul Jamieson


A big Waipawa welcome to this week's new student Declan.


Thumbs up to past students David McIntyre, Carter Drake and Maxian Mooney who all competed in a Secondary School's Interschool Chess Tournament recently.

Thumbs Up to Lucas Perceval and Tyler Camden who competed in the HB Secondary School Swimming Champs.

Thumbs Up to the Te Meihana family for running a fundraising Hangi for Waipawa Netball. There was a lot of preparation and hard work that went into this.

Waipawa Primary School 2022 Board of Trustees Election

All eligible voters will have received voting papers in the mail. Voting papers will need to be returned to the Ballot Box held in the school office by Wednesday 7th September 2022. If you are returning your voting papers by post - please ensure that they reach the school by 12 September 2022. Emailed or faxed voting paper WILL NOT be accepted.

Sue England

Returning Officer

If you are late, you are going to an appointment, you have been to an appointment or a student is away from school.

Please sign in or out on the Vistab in the school office if you are late or are leaving school for any reason during the school day. Parents please remind your children that they need to do this as if we have an evacuation or lockdown we need to know where everyone is.

If your child is not attending school for any reason please make contact with either the school office or the classroom teacher by phone, using the Hero App or Seesaw. Relying on siblings to inform us often doesn't work.

Whānau & Friends (PTA)


The eldest child in each family has received a book of 10 raffle tickets for families to sell.
This wonderful raffle will be drawn on 21st September 2022. Please return your tickets to the school office by Monday 19th September.
More tickets are available from Wendy Sheehan, please contact Wendy on 021 631039.

Please return any unsold tickets to the school office so these can be distributed.

You can pay by cash to the school office or by depositing the money into the Whanau & Friends bank account number:
03-0779-0009817-000. Please make one deposit for each book sold not every ticket and use your child's surname as a reference please. All proceeds will go to Education Outside the Classroom - Bus hire.

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Doughboys Fresh Family Pies

PIE ORDERS ARRIVE THIS FRIDAY- Pies need to be collected from the Tech Centre Kitchen at school from 1pm onwards until about 3.30pm Any pies that are not collected are not guaranteed to be put in freezer as we just do not have the room. If you are unable to collect your pies during this time please contact Wendy on 021631039 so arrangements can be made or if you have someone else collecting your pies please let me know. Thanks for your hard work selling, we topped last years and sold 1164 - well done everyone!


This week we wish the following students Happy Birthday:-
Declan M, Emma K, Sophie B and Cooper Kr.

Please come to the school office on Friday at lunchtime to receive your free juicy.


With our Cross Country training kicking off we have noticed that children are extra hungry after their training. Could parents and caregivers please put some extra fuel into lunchboxes to help combat the hunger.

Calendar Events

  • Week 5: 26 August - TEACHER ONLY DAY
  • Week 6: 31 August - Rippa Rugby Tournament
  • Week 6: 1 September - Yr 8's to Sports Park
  • Week 6: 1 September - Barefoot Sevens Rugby Tournament
  • Week 6: 2 September - Kākano, Rms 1-3 Cross country
  • Week 7: 6 September - Rms 4-12 Cross country
  • Week 7: 9 September Fish & Chip Friday for Kakano to Room 7
  • Week 8: 15 September - CHB Cross Country
  • Week 8: 16 September Fish & Chip Friday for Rooms 8 to 12
  • Week 9: 20 September - School Photos
  • Week 9: 23 September - Switch Gala Day Netball
  • Week 10: 28 September - Ngati Whai Festival
  • Week 10: 30 September - Yr 7 Inspiration Day
  • 30th September: LAST DAY OF TERM 3


Do you have any old pairs of Jeans that you could donate to the Tech Centre for a recycling unit ? They can be in any condition, any size and the more the merrier as they will need 350 odd pairs. If you can help these can either be dropped off to the Tech Centre the School Office or just put them in the school letter box. Thank you.

Guitar Lessons

Every Friday Sam Oosterkamp will be taking guitar lessons at Waipawa Primary School. Sam's lessons will focus on teaching students the skills they need to either start playing guitar or to further enhance their ability to play guitar.

Sessions start at $25 per half hour for 1 : 1 coaching.

Or group coaching up to 3 children per half hour session at $15 per half hour.

To book a session please email samthedesigner71@gmail.com

Contact Details

Have we got the correct details for your Whanau?
Have you moved house?

Changed your phone number?

Changed your email address?

Want to delete or add a new contact?

Is there a new medical condition we need to know about?

Please email Sue at office@waipawa.school.nz to update your details or to check and see what details we have.

What we have been upto this week....

Ukulele Group

Thank you to the students for coming to Ukulele Group. The numbers have been really good, so I will be having to do a Jnr and Snr lesson. Connor and Hazel pictured did a brilliant job this week, learning 4 chords, and have now moved onto playing the beautiful Waiata Utaina. We look forward to next week's group. Hayden Martin

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Waipawa School Term Dates 2022

Term 3: Monday 25th July to Friday 30th September

Teacher Only Day: Friday 26 August

Term 4: Monday 17 October to Friday 16th December

Teacher Only Day: Friday 18 November

Public Holidays: HB Anniversary Day 21st October, Labour Day 24th October

STARTING SCHOOL : 4 Year Old Mornings

- These take place in Kākano Class - the Hall from 8:40am until 12:00pm every Friday morning unless there has been prior notification. Please come to the office first and meet Sue England.

- We find 4 visits before starting school is usually sufficient. However, if your child requires more we would be in close communication with you.

- Whanau are welcome to stay for the first visit and leave when the child / parent feels comfortable. Subsequent visits we ask that parents be brave and leave so that the child experiences what school is like.

- Please pack a snack for brainfood (fruit, sandwich, muesli bar) and something for morning tea.

- Children can wear mufti clothing or school uniform if they have it available.

Please don't hesitate to pop in and see us if you have any questions or concerns.

Jess Stewart and Karena Finch


Final games and a big Waipawa good luck for Senior Netball teams, Football and Mini Sticks this week. Please get uniforms washed and returned to the office next week, I still have a few Coach bags to come back.

Again, I can't emphasise enough how appreciative we all are for those that stepped up and coached our teams. You guys really are awesome.

Netball coaches, please check your emails I have sent through the Unison Medal nomination Flyer just one name from each team please so I can get those through to HB Netball.

Touch registrations will be out in a couple of weeks so if your child wants or is interested in playing watch out for the interest form on Hero.

Rippa Rugby Tournament, Barefoot Sevens Tackle Rugby and Cross Country

Now we have ticked off Onga 7's we move on to three other sporting events that are happening in week 6 and 7 of this term.

Rippa Tournament: We've asked children in Years 3-8 to sign up for this tournament. It is a CHB Rippa tournament and is held in Waipukurau. It is a tournament that runs pretty much all day. We will sort the children into teams over the next week and then put a call out for some parent managers. This tournament day is on Wednesday 31 August.

Barefoot Sevens Tackle Rugby: This is for Year 4-8 children and is a weight graded tournament. It is taking place on Thursday 1 September. It is a half day event in Hastings. Once again we are sorting teams and if we need parent mangers we will put a call out next week.

Cross Country: We had a year off in 2021 due to COVID but we should be good to go this year. We are hoping to start out school / house training challenge this week but ground conditions may not be suitable. We'll give it a good 3 week training burst and we should all be ready to go on Friday 2 September (Kākano to Rm 3) or Tuesday 6 September (Rm 4 - Rm 12).


HB Netball draw: https://www.hawkesbaynetball.co.nz/centralmeff

Please make sure you check regularly as the draws can change at short notice.

I will put Sports draws up on the noticeboard at the school gate by lunchtime each Thursday.


Pure Sports & Leisure

Pure Sports & Leisure, Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau will provide all Waipawa Students with a 10% discount off sports equipment & items. All you need to do is to inform them that you are from Waipawa School. This as an incentive to get more kids outdoors & into sports.

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possumsmasher@windowslive.com T: 021 280 2988

Rural Pest Services Ltd is going to carry out possum control in the following areas starting from
1 July 2022 through to the 30 May 2023 on the following Rivers from the boundary fence or stop banks to near the river edges. This has been an ongoing operation in conjunction with the Hawkes Bay Regional Council since 2006.


All toxic material will be dyed green/blue.
Warning signs will be displayed at all access points into the operational area when work is in progress and will remain in place until toxin caution periods have expired.

The following baits and poisons will be put in bait stations on trees and fence posts:

  • Pestoff (Brodifacoum) in cereal pellet

  • Double Tap (Cholecalciferol and Diphacinone) in cereal pellet (to be used in and around DOC areas)

  • Feratox (Potassium Cyanide) in pellets will be added to some of these bait stations in areas where permission has been granted by MOH.

    This will be an ongoing process with the bait stations being refilled every 12 months with the above products.

All baits are poison and are harmful to humans, especially young children. Do not allow children to wander unsupervised into the areas that have baits laid in them. Be vigilant especially if accompanied by young children.

Because of risk of poisoning from baits and carcasses please keep dogs and other animals under control and do not allow them to wander into or near these areas.

Maps of the area can be viewed via this link:


If you require any further information please contact
Operations Manager: Jake Bowcock - 021 280 2988

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Foodscapes * Passing the Knowledge -

Hawke’s Bay 29 - 30th October 2022

A smorgasbord of workshop tasters to encourage and inspire you to take on a different way of living for yourself, your family and your neighbours.

Central Hawke’s Bay is welcoming an exposition festival, Foodscapes, showcasing amazing experts in the field of sustainable growing and preserving, regenerative farming and biodiversity, that will include a wide variety of workshops demonstrations, short documentaries, and an opportunity to engage in the field hands on.

* Register for the full weekend with up to nine workshops, four keynote speakers, and a tour around six local sustainable gardens and regenerative farms. From garden to plate, delectable food will be available throughout the day.

* Watch, listen and get involved with the experts and talented green fingers as they share their vast knowledge in everything from distilling, pickling, sustainable waste management. On the Sunday, be prepared to get your hands dirty as you tour local regenerative farms, lavender gardens, marae to explore ancient traditions, and more interactive hands-on experience.

For full details on each workshop and garden and farm trail, visit

Ticket type: Full Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, includes access to register for 9 workshops on the Saturday, as well as register for 6 Sundays Exploratory Garden and Farm Trails.

Ticket type: Saturday afternoon only includes access to amazing keynote speakers, short films from Happen Films NZ and opportunity to participate in the Foodscapes Art Mural.
There will also be local producers selling their products as well as food and drink options throughout the day.

Our Facebook Page is https://www.facebook.com/FoodScapesCHB/

Our Instagram Page is https://www.instagram.com/foodscapeschb/

Between The Lines Festival for 2022

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CHB College enrolments for 2023

We are currently taking enrolment appointments for next year's Year 9 Students. It is important that enrolments are completed prior to students sitting the Entrance exam which is due to take place on Friday 11th November. (Further information on the entrance exam will be sent out to you nearer the time.)

Our website has the ability for Parents/Caregivers to complete an online enrolment. Once they have completed their online enrolment, they will be contacted by the College to book their enrolment appointment and complete their enrolment.

Please find link to our website below: